Concert on the Common: Mid-week music series returns for second season
The Daily Reflector
Friday, April 19, 2019
Hump day gets a boost next week with the return of Concert on the Common.
The Embers will perform at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the Town Common to kick off the second season, which features free concerts every other week until June 19.
The popular beach music band performed at the first Concert on the Common in May 2018, kicking off a monthly series designed to complement the weekly Umbrella Market at Five Points Plaza.
“We decided to try this last year and didn't know how it was going to go,”said Hank Hinton, managing partner of Inner Banks Media, which initiated the series. “It was so well received we decided to expand on it.
“We feel like we're going to double the size of the crowd that we had last year,” he said. “I think the word has gotten out.”
About 1,000 people turned out for that first show, and On the Border, an Eagles tribute band, drew a larger crowd the next month. The two bands will bookend the second season.
Patricia Earnhardt Tyndall, marketing and events coordinator for the city's Recreation and Parks Department, said the series is a perfect addition to activities available at the Town Common.
“It is a really nice addition to our tradition of Sunday in the Park,” she said, referring to the 13-concert Sunday series that begins in June. “It's a different type of series on a week night after work but there's just so much music in the park starting in April and running all the way through August, it's terrific. It really started new tradition for the Town Common.”
The Concert on the Common season is opening and closing earlier this year, running from April until June instead of May through July. Concerts will begin a half an hour later as well. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and music will begin at 6.
In addition to the Embers, the lineup includes:
■ Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute, May 8
■ Legacy Motown Revue, May 22
■ Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, June 5
■ On the Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute, June 19
It's a broader range of music than last year's series which featured beach music bands for two of the three concerts.
“Maybe you're not a person who likes traditional beach music,” Tyndall said. “There's a great band coming the next time that you might love. Or maybe you're not a big Motown fan but you love the Beach Boys. There's just something for everybody in the mix.”
The Town Common setting offers variety as well, Tyndall said.
“The wonderful thing about that venue is you can get down close to the stage and be right in it or you can set up your lawn chair over by the playground and watch the kids while still hearing wonderful music,” she said.
Concertgoers may bring lawn chairs, and pets are allowed if they are on a leash. Glass and coolers are prohibited. Food trucks will be on site, and alcohol will be available for sale for ages 21 and older.
The series is co-sponsored by 107.9 WNCT-FM 107.9 and The Junior League of Greenville.
The Town Common is located at 100 E. First St. Visit www.1079wnct.com/concert-on-the-commons for more information about the Concert on the Common series.